October 30, 2018

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The NIPNLG is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 Carol W. King and Daniel Levy Awards:

Carol W. King Award Recipient

Annie Benson, Senior Attorney of the Washington State Defenders Association

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Each year the National Immigration Project gives an award to an outstanding individual in memory of Carol King, a founding member of the National Lawyers Guild who devoted her life to pursuing social justice by organizing,litigating, and teaching. This year's recipient is:

Annie Benson is the Senior Directing Attorney for the Washington Defender Association, Washington State’s resource center for public defense. For more than 25 years, Annie has had the privilege to work for social justice. Though collaborations with a wide array of colleagues, clients, communities, and public officials, she has won individual justice, secured systemic reforms, and built movements for social change. Annie has litigated and participated in cases at all levels of state and federal court, taught at the University of Washington School of Law, and served on the board of OneAmerica, the National Immigration Project of the NLG, and the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women. She currently serves on Washington State’s Minority and Justice Commission.

Daniel Levy Award


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In 2002, the National Immigration Project created an award to honor the memory and work of Daniel Levy. Daniel Levy was a former staff attorney of the National Immigration Law Center who passed away at the untimely age of 48. He was a member of the National Immigration Project and a tireless advocate on behalf of immigrant and civil rights. He helped guide the legal strategy for a number of cases that are considered landmark victories for immigrants and authored several editions of the Project's citizenship book, U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Handbook, which is widely regarded as an authoritative treatment on citizenship and naturalization law. Each year, the NIPNLG recognizes an organization or team that exemplifies Daniel Levy's creative, collective and socially conscious work style.This year's recipient is:

Mijente is a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing. We seek to increase the profile of policy issues that matter to Latinx communities and increase the participation of Latinx and Chicanx people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice.